M41 truck driver granted R5K bail

SITHULILE Zulu, the truck driver involved in the multi-vehicle accident on the M41 near uMhlanga on March 6, has been granted bail of R5 000.

The 22-year-old made his fourth appearance in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Friday in connection with the accident which involved more than 45 vehicles and left 16 people injured.

One of those injured was a pregnant mother who had to be airlifted to hospital.

Zulu, who initially fled the scene of the accident, handed himself over to Durban North SAPS more than eight hours later.

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National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson, Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, said Zulu is charged with reckless and negligent driving, and failure to comply with the duties of a driver following an accident.

“These charges relate to the multi-vehicle accident that occurred earlier this month on the M41 highway near uMhlanga. The court imposed several bail conditions, including that he must live at his Matubatuba residence; not have contact with his employer; report three times a week to the Matubatuba police station, and inform the investigating officer if he needs to leave the Matubatuba district,” she said.

Ramkisson-Kara added that Zulu’s Public Drivers Permit (PDP) is suspended following the finalisation of the matter.

His case has been postponed until June 8 for further investigations.

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